Prosecutor’s office: Man killed mother and set home on fire; cause of death ruled homicide

The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a man from Denville is accused of killing his mother and setting the home on fire.

News 12 Staff

May 19, 2021, 10:42 AM

Updated 1,106 days ago

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The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has announced a man from Denville is accused of killing his mother and setting the home on fire.
The incident happened Monday around 7:24 a.m. when police received a 911 call regarding a fire at 37 Chestnut Hill Drive East.
According to authorities, upon arrival to the scene, officers located Anthony Citro, 41, outside the residence, with apparent blood on his clothing. Smoke was observed coming from the residence. The fire was extinguished, and was later determined to be incendiary.
While suppressing the fire, the body of a deceased female, identified as Eileen Citro, 68, the defendant's mother, was located inside the residence.
The cause of death has been ruled a homicide by the Morris County Medical Examiner's Office. The manner of death was determined to be sharp force injuries.
Citro was charged on a warrant-complaint and remains in custody pending a court appearance. He’s charged with first-degree murder, among other charges.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Major Crimes Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor's Office at 973-285-6200.


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